A 29-year-old shopkeeper, Ekanem Enodan, has been arrested for allegedly killing a commercial motorcyclist, Goddonu Nicolas, during an altercation in Oke-Ira in the Ogba area of Lagos State.
The 46-year-old Okada rider was killed over a bottle of water he picked from Enodan’s shop on Ajayi Road, Oke-Ira. It was gathered that the suspect allegedly hit Nicolas with the bottled water on the chest, for taking it without permission. The victim slumped and became unconscious. He was later rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.
Narrating the incident, an eyewitness said: “The suspect lives in an estate in the OPIC area of Ogun State, but his shop is in Oke-Ira. He is from Calabar, Cross River State. Nicolas and his younger brother went to the man’s shop on Wednesday, around 10.30pm.
“They were all discussing when an argument ensued. Nicolas took a bottle of water, but the shopkeeper collected it from him and hit him with it on the chest. He slumped. We rushed him to a public hospital where he died.
“Nicolas had five children. We suspect that he was drunk on that day before coming to the shop because of the way he was talking. The deceased had always come to the suspect’s shop to play and buy things.
“The fight started after Nicolas picked the bottle of water; and it started like a child’s play until Nicolas fell and became unconscious. It was the deceased’s brother who reported the incident at the police station.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident.